It was a pleasure to see so many of you this summer during our annual retiree luncheons. I am always inspired by how engaged Extension retirees are in their “retirement.” Volunteering, traveling, babysitting, gardening …you do make it hard for the rest of us to return to the office!
In October, I did one of my favorite duties as dean, honoring our employees and friends with the distinguished dean’s awards at the annual program conference. It is an honor to recognize the work, dedication and impact of our colleagues and friends.
Please join me in congratulating the award winners! You can learn more about the 2015 award winners on our website.
FRIEND OF EXTENSION
Steve Olson, executive director of four poultry-related groups: Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Chicken and Egg Council of Minnesota and the Midwest Poultry Federation.
Dr. Stephen Kells, Extension entomologist
Bruce Schwartau, Extension educator, Community Vitality
David Werner, chief financial officer
Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) Team, Abdimalik Mohamed, Mohamed Farah, Grace Gbolo, Krista Gustafson, Barbara Kapala, Dau Mohamed, Jessica Russo, Jennifer Skuza, Tim Sheldon, Anthony Walker and Hui-Hui Wang.
Farm Bill Education Team, David Bau, Betty Berning, Bob Craven, Gary Hachfeld, Eliza Herman, Rob Holcomb, Kevin Klair, Curtis Mahnken, Dale Nordquist, Kent Olson, Jim Paulson, Jim Salfer and Allison Sandve.